Dating remington model 11 shotgun
(*) On 8/9/99, stopped stamping the barrels with the date code.They continued to mark the date code on the end flap of the shipping box.The Sportsman name was subsequently applied to a variant of the 11-48.For those who wish to use The Sportsman in other roles such as home defense, I’d advise against it. The barrel is also too long to be used in close quarters.
Regular Model 11s have a five-shot capacity, and thus needed to be plugged.
After the 20-gauge version began selling well, 12 and 16 gauge variants of The Sportsman were offered in 1931.
Production of The Sportsman variant ended some 18 years later in 1948, when Remington stopped production of the Model 11 family, replacing it with the 11-48.
Using these barrel codes to date a shotgun is somewhat unreliable, as shotgun barrels are often interchanged at random.
One needs to be sure that the barrel is original to the gun before trusting the Barrel Code listing, above.